Rugby legend David Campese visits St Albans school

Rugby star David Campese takes a training session with St Albans school 1st XI

Rugby star David Campese takes a training session with St Albans school 1st XI - Credit: Archant

AUSTRALIAN rugby legend David Campese – better known as “Campo” – has allowed pupils from a St Albans secondary school to have a gander at his celebrated moves while visiting Woollams playing fields in St Albans.

The former Wallabies winger/fullback, famous for his “goose-step” on the field, gave St Albans School’s First XV a training session last Friday.

David, who represented Australia for 15 years and New South Wales for 11 years, is considered by many rugby fans to be one of the greatest and most entertaining players on the field.

He was capped 101 times for his country and held the world record for the number of tries scored in a test match until 2006.

David was voted player of the tournament at the 1991 World Cup after scoring six tries. But he became famous for his “goose-step” – a motion that left opponents stumbling in his wake as it messed up their timing.

While at Woollams David, who lives in Durban, South Africa, stressed the importance of communication between players on the field.

He told them to be “like a jet plane” going into tackles explaining, “a jet plane doesn’t go straight up”.

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Chris Hudson, director of sport at St Albans School, said it was a “real coup” to have such a legend of the game coach the first team.

He added: “There are few bigger names in rugby union than David Campese, and it is an honour for us to have him here to inspire the First XV and a privilege for the boys to be around such a professional sportsman.”

David later attended a charity dinner where he was joined by former manager of Wimbledon FC Dave Bassett, and Rugby World Cup winner Martin Corry.

Martin recently retired as a back row player for Bristol Rugby and Leicester Tigers and also represented the British and Irish Lions.